The case of the haunted house in Pukekohe

With the season of Hallowe’en approaching, what better time for a tale of haunting? The NZ Skeptics recently commented on the story of a purportedly haunted house in Pukekohe, currently
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When is an anti-vaxxer not an anti-vaxxer?

Answer – when they’re an ex-vaxxer! It seems that being an anti-vaxxer is a bad thing now, in the minds of the public. Nobody wants to be labeled as such.
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The Healy “energy medicine” device is the next big thing in CAM

Note: this article was written over the last few weeks, but today Radio New Zealand featured a story by Susan Strongman that gave a great deal of publicity to this.
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Jeanette Wilson strikes again!

Local “psychic medium” Jeanette Wilson seems to be finding surviving the COVID-19 pandemic a little challenging. No longer can she tour the country running her Psychic Surgery sessions, and with
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Jeanette Wilson, “psychic surgery” follow up

Last week we ran a campaign to get self-proclaimed “spiritual medium” and “healer” Jeanette Wilson shut down. This woman is touring NZ, doing a show called Psychic Surgery, which purports
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Psychic Surgery coming to a town near you!

NZ-based, self-described “spiritual medium” Jeanette Wilson has started touring the country with her Psychic Surgery show. We’re running a campaign to try to disrupt this by contacting the venues and
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Conference tickets now on sale

Tickets to the NZ Skeptics Conference 2019 are now available for sale, with early-bird prices until the end of September (but of course, we’d love you to buy sooner so
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Nationwide school video competition promotes vaccination

The Force Field Film Challenge, aimed at helping kids to learn about the importance of vaccines, is an innovative competition being spearheaded by the New Zealand Skeptics. The Challenge will
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NZ Skeptics launch official Facebook page

Facebook has been host to some lively discussion among Kiwis who identify as having a skeptical outlook. These pages are not endorsed by NZ Skeptics Society, and we have no
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“Grief vampire” psychic preys on grieving family

We’ve recently seen another example of psychics acting as the “grief vampires” they are and preying on a grieving family. Northland woman Theres’a Urlich has been missing since February 2018.
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NZ Skeptics comment on Chiropractor Injury ACC claims

We were recently asked to comment on the alarming increase in ACC claims for injury from Chiropractic treatment. The article appeared in the Sunday Star Times.
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Palm Reading claims – our response

We were asked today to comment on an article on Stuff about palm reading, and how seeing the letter M on your non-dominant hand is a sign of future success. Luckily,
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Herman Petrick’s Ghost-busting Claims

The Taranaki Daily News published an article about Herman Petrick, who claims to be able to help people by removing harmful negative energy. The author of the article, Taryn Utiger,
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NZ Skeptics announce 2015 Awards

The Pharmacy Council has been awarded the 2015 Bent Spoon Award from the NZ Skeptics for proposing a change to their Code of Ethics that would allow the sale of
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Pharmacy Council Response Submitted

The NZ Skeptics sent a submission to the Pharmacy Council last Friday in response to the Council’s consultation on a suggested change to their Code of Ethics. Thanks to all
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Skeptical Thoughts on the Radio!

Graeme Hill’s Weekend Variety Wireless radio show on RadioLive is a Sunday night fixture where two prominent skeptics, Siouxsie Wiles and Mark Honeychurch chat about current skeptical topics and events.
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Skeptical Thoughts

Our current chair, Mark Honeychurch, has been filling in for Siouxsie Wiles recently on Graeme Hill’s Weekend Variety Wireless show on RadioLive. He’s had fun chatting with Graeme on the
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Pharmacy Council Submission

We are looking for skeptics around the country to help the NZ Skeptics Society gather evidence for a submission we will be making to the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.
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The “Law” of Attraction

Our very own Michael Edmonds (one of the Society’s media spokespeople) features in a short documentary about Dean “Deano” Harrison’s claims that you can make positive things happen merely by
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NZ Skeptics on The Skeptic Zone

Last week our chair, Mark Honeychurch, chatted with Richard Saunders on episode 334 of the Australian Skeptics’ “Skeptic Zone” podcast (Aired March 15). Richard pre-emptively introduced Mark with statements like
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